Tumble Into Helsinki’s Contemporary Circus Scene

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This week has been a whirlwind for me, with many endeavours going on in my personal life. So I haven’t been able to devote enough time to exploring the city and researching for a new article. But fear not! What I have done recently is finish a guest post for The Culture Trip, a wonderful culture blog based in London and New York. The Culture Trip hosts articles written by hundreds of contributors from around the world. These contributors offer insights into the niche aspects of their local cultures.

I decided to dive into the contemporary circus scene in Helsinki. I’ve been fascinated by the subject for a long time, and recently had my interest reignited through my visits to Suvilahti. Cirko – Centre For New Circus has its premises in Suvilahti. I’ve walked by the building several times, my eye always catching on the bright “Cirko” sign that stands out among the old factory buildings. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to share Helsinki’s contemporary circus scene.

Behind the Scenes

I’m interested specifically in the contemporary circus as opposed to the traditional one. The traditional circus with a big top tent and ringmaster is perfectly fine. I actually really like the aesthetic of it! But when I compare the two versions of the circus, I always remember my reactions to them as a child. Seeing Cirque Du Soleil on TV enchanted me much more than seeing a live traditional circus. Just watching the acrobats twist, jump, and fly around, forming artistic shapes and curves with their combined bodies, was mesmerising. I loved the colours, the soundtrack, and just about everything about the performances. In contrast, the traditional circus seemed slightly underwhelming.

Another positive point is that contemporary circus performances do not include animals. Traditional three-ring circuses have largely based their shows around animal acts in the past. This practice is thankfully becoming more and more restricted with time. Many countries, including Finland, have banned practically all animal acts. Still, it’s refreshing to see a type of circus show built from the ground up around things other than animal acts. Animals are gorgeous and superbly skilled at what they do, but we shouldn’t be forcing them to perform for the sake of our amusement.

My fascination with the contemporary circus scene, particularly the one in Helsinki, spurred me on to write this article for The Culture Trip. I’m delighted that they’ve published my piece and helped to share Helsinki’s contemporary circus scene with the world! I would love to work with The Culture Trip again, so keep your eyes open for another contribution from me to them.